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The Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA), the appointed board that awards Rural, CDBG and Utility grant funds consists of 16 members who are appointed as follows:

  • The Secretary of Commerce serves as a nonvoting ex officio member except in case of a tie;
  • Five members appointed by the General Assembly upon recommendation of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and they shall each represent a Tier 1 or Tier 2 county;
  • Five members appointed by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and they shall each represent a tier 1 or Tier 2 county; and
  • Five members appointed by the Governor, and they shall each represent a Tier 1 or tier 2 county.

Specific powers and duties of the Rural Infrastructure Authority are identified in General Statute 143B-472.128

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